Water Meadows project wins top national gong

View of the Water Meadows in Towcester
View of the Water Meadows in Towcester

THE renovation of Bury Mount and the Water Meadows in Towcester town centre has won a high profile national award.

The scheme, which was completed in April 2010, won the restoration category at the Museums & Heritage Awards 2011, beating a project at Westminster Abbey into second place.

Hosted by TV personality Sue Perkins, the awards celebrated achievements in the world of museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions. It is the second award that Bury Mount has won, after being recognised by the British Association of Landscape Industries in December last year.

Originally built in the 12th century, Bury Mount is an ancient medieval fortification which has been renovated as a new public space and historic attraction. It has been revitalised at the same time as the neighbouring Water Meadows, a grade II registered historic park.

Together, they are the centrepiece of the wider Moat Lane development, which received planning permission in September 2010.

Councillor Rebecca Breese from South Northamptonshire Council, said: “It’s a great achievement to be recognised at the Museums & Heritage Awards, and we are honoured our region has been recognised nationally.”